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Schwarzenegger Signs New Insurance Disclosure Bill into Law

Last Friday in California, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed AB2022, which establishes new guidelines for homeowners insurance disclosures, into law. It will go into effect on July 1st of next year. Specifically, the new law changes the mandatory language of the California Residential Property Insurance Disclosure, in order to make the description of types of homeowners […]

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Life Insurance: Can it Be Extended?

Most life insurance agents will tell you that the question their existing customers most often ask if their term policies can be extended. Sadly, there is only one answer to this question: NO. Why? Because the term of a life insurance policy is set at the time of issuance, and there are no extensions after […]

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California Assembly Advocates Pet Insurance Reform

You can’t declare them as dependents or write off their expenses, but to many of us, our pets really are part of the family, and many of us spend hundreds of dollars a year on pet insurance, just in case a major veterinary event occurs. Now, California Democratic Assemblyman Dave Jones has taken inspiration from […]

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No PMI? Get Term Life for Greater Protection

Even in today’s mortgage market, homebuyers call insurance companies asking about “mortgage insurance.” While there once were mortgage insurance products that had a decreasing benefit matching the decreasing loan obligation over the term of the mortgage (generally 30 years), these types of policies have become essentially obsolete. Modern homebuyers told to get mortgage insurance are […]

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Georgia to Decide New Insurance Commissioner

Georgia voters head to the polls today to participate in a runoff election in which they must choose between two Republican candidates for state insurance commissioner. The two candidates, Maria Sheffield and Ralph T. Hudgens, are the two survivors from last months Republican primary, which included nine candidates. In that vote, each of the two […]

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Self Improvement Can Save Money on Life Insurance

Okay, we all know that insurance underwrites use actuarial tables to asses risk factors and set premiums for each applicant. When it comes to life insurance, the higher your risk of dying early in life, the more expensive your insurance will be. There are two risk factors that you can control, and doing so will […]

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Texas and Louisiana See Increased Jobs in June

Amidst constant concern about the next extension of unemployment benefits (due in September) come some numbers from theAmerican South. Specifically, there were job gains posted in Louisiana and Texas last month, but losses in both Arkansas and Oklahoma. According to the Louisiana Workforce Commission, that state’s seasonally adjusted non-farm employment improved by 5,800 jobs in […]

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U.S. Sanctions Trigger Lloyd’s of London’s Refusal to Insure Iranian Petroleum Imports

While the oil spill on U.S. shores remains to be stopped, last week President Obama signed into law new sanctions designed to limit fuel imports into Iran, and increase the Islamic Republic’s international isolation. On the heels of that announcement came another: the British insurance company Lloyd’s of London, known for insuring high risk properties, […]

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Five Bizarre Things People Insure

It’s a new month, so we’re taking a break from talking about BP and healthcare and instead offering a lighter topic. We’ve all heard of insuring homes, cars, and boats, but what really odd things do people insure? Here are five: Specific Body Parts: We’ve all heard of concert pianists insuring their hands, but last […]

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